In the last three years our Envato Marketplaces (FlashDen, ThemeForest, GraphicRiver, AudioJungle and VideoHive) have grown like gangbusters, with big communities, huge libraries of files and lots of activity. So when we set out to redesign them earlier this year everyone on the team knew it was going to be big. What we didn’t realise was HOW big it would eventually get! Today it gives me great pleasure to show you …

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Various screencasting and screen-recording tools are available for the Mac, and we have covered these previously in a fairly extensive roundup. Today I’ll be taking a look at a new kid on the block – Camtasia.

Designed by TechSmith, Camtasia is a long standing screencast application for Windows that has recently made the move across to OS X. It costs $99, and is aimed at making the process of recording a screencast as simple as possible. I’ll be looking at the various features on offer, and drawing a few comparisons to ScreenFlow, another competing screencast application.

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Thanks to everyone who entered our recent competition to win a copy of Layers or Concentrate. I really enjoyed reading all your entries – you had some very compelling reasons for wanting a free license!

The winners have been chosen, and I’m pleased to announce their details below:

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Keeping media on your computer has some great benefits. Watching movies directly from your hard drive saves battery life. DVDs scratch easily, so backing up lets you have some peace of mind.

Now here’s the problem: You don’t have any visual cues as to what is what. Rather than looking for the covers and cases you know so well, you must rely on the same sterile document icon (or preview of the first scene of the movie if you have icon previews on) and the small label underneath.

SlipCover, from Bohemian Coding is a free solution for this little problem. Today I’ll show you SlipCover and it’s features, as well as how and where to find cases to expand SlipCover’s Repertoire.

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With the inclusion of Spotlight in OS X Tiger, searching on the Mac became a fast and enjoyable process. It’s simple to find files that match a term you’re looking for – either within the file name, or inside the file itself.

But that’s not always enough. If you’d like to associate a particular keyword with a document, it can be difficult to do so quickly (short of including it in the file name, or navigating through the “Get Info” window).

This selection of tagging utilities make adding “tags” to files on your Mac a straight-forward process. Some are free, and others are more powerful, commercial tools for organising your files. Using tags may not be for everyone, but it can offer a thoroughly useful way to stay on top of all the photos, documents, emails and websites stored on your machine.

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When it comes to task managing applications, I’ve tried them all. The Hit List, Things, Omnifocus etc. But I just couldn’t get myself into a system that worked. For a while I turned to .txt files. Simple and ultra-portable.

And then I found TaskPaper. TaskPaper is basically steroids-driven .txt file. After testing it for a while, I think I’ve found an application that will stick.

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We seem to be on a roll with software giveaways at the moment – both here, and at Web.AppStorm. We’re continuing the momentum today, and have copies of both Layers and Concentrate to give away.

Concentrate is a great application that helps you work and study more productively by eliminating distractions. Our review of Concentrate is a good place to start if you’d like to find out more.

We reviewed Layers a few months ago, and found it to be a well rounded app which reliably delivers on the promise of providing a layered PSD file of your desktop.

We have five licenses of each application to give away. To enter, just leave a comment on this post telling us which you would prefer and why. The competition will run for one week, and we’ll announce the winners on the 23rd September. Good luck!

Another huge thank you to everyone who took the time to enter our desktop wallpaper competition. We’ve already announced the winners, and today we’re making all the other entries available for use on your desktop.

Just over 160 of the best wallpapers are rounded up here. You can click on any image to download the full-size version (each wallpaper is at least 1920x1200px in size). Entries are also available on Flickr.

I hope you enjoy the selection of stunning wallpapers. Feel free to follow Mac AppStorm on Twitter or RSS to be notified of future roundups and competitions!

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